The Resignation

Hi, I am Rehan, and this is my story. I’ve been working as a Marketing Manager with an e-commerce startup. Got placed right here after my MBA. Fell in love with a girl during MBA, proposed her, got our parents together and all set to get hitched. Everything as was supposed to.

During the two years of this job, I gave it all. Being a part of the founding team, I practically built the company from scratch. I wasn’t the founder of the company, but I worked just as hard.

It was all good but satisfaction was missing. I somehow never felt right about the job. From the beginning, I had strategic differences with the founder. While he chased sales and profitability, I emphasized brand visibility and customer acquisition. I believed being backed by a giant conglomerate, we could afford short-term losses to drive long-term gains.

Probably this difference undid me as during a review meeting on Aug. 10th, 2017; I was asked to drop all my current assignments and take over a new project. Strategic restructuring of the role they said. Screwed up career progression I understood.

My job sucked.  Yet I didn’t want to quit. Especially with an impending marriage, risk bearing abilities are at the lowest. But in that moment, I realized that this is a sinking ship and I do not want to go down with it. I took a decision. To Quit.

After the meeting, I went out and texted Anahita, my fiancée that I wanted to quit. She understood that this decision is solely because I feel pushed to a point of no return.

She simply asked, “What do you want to do?”

I had no answer. I told her the same, “Anahita, neither do I have a plan nor do I know what I am going to do next. But I am scared, I do not what this to jeopardize our relationship.”

Anahita, being herself replied, “It won’t. Don’t worry. We’ll figure something out. Just don’t tell this to anyone on my side of the family. We can deal with this.”

Comforted, I called up dad to seek his opinion. Now, Dad has been there done that. He understood and said, “If this is what you want, go ahead. Just ensure that this isn’t a knee-jerk reaction.”

I assured him that it wasn’t.

I walked back into the office, composed my thoughts, and drafted my resignation letter. I never thought I would do this without securing another job. I mean how could you let go of something that ensured a fixed monthly sum without having a backup. Well, I realized not all decisions are cold and calculated.

Satisfied with the letter, I walked towards the director’s cabin. It seemed like a long walk. True, I wasn’t happy with the job & didn’t see a future here. Yet this is where I got my first break & an opportunity to carve my identity. The feeling was akin to that of a breakup.

Composing myself, I knocked and walked in.

“I think we need to talk,” I said.

“Sure, tell me.” He replied.

“I want to leave.”

“But why”

“Because I don’t think this is working anymore,” I said with a firm resolve.

“We can at least talk about it.” He said, opening a window for negotiations.

“It’s futile, Sir. This isn’t going anywhere”.

Saying so I formally submitted my resignation letter.

With a hint of guilt (perhaps) and regret, “Fair enough,” he said, “if this is your final decision, I accept it. You can leave whenever you feel like.”

Soon, I completed all the formalities and bid goodbye to my job.

Since then, I am at home. I don’t have a solid plan. I haven’t yet figured out what I am going to do next. But I am enjoying this phase. I am giving my body the sleep and relaxation it deserved. It’s funny waking up on a weekday and not looking at a fixed schedule.

These days, I am freelancing, helping bootstrapped startups with their marketing and communication activities. Trust me, this is giving me a much higher sense of satisfaction than my previous job did.

I’ve always wanted to write, start a blog, do something about it. Now I got all the time in the world to do that. Letting my creative juices flow, I ensure that I write at least 3 articles per week. And boy, it’s an exhilarating fun being a writer! I’m the hero of my story and I can write my own destiny.

I do not know what lies ahead for me professionally. There’s no more fixed source of income. But I do not think that’s really a problem. Guess, I’ll figure out something good to do with my life.

By the way, once the wedding dates are out, I will let you know. You’re invited. Do come.

About the Guest writer: Niket Sinha is a marketer by profession and a storyteller at heart, he lives for three things – Food, friends, and family. When he is not busy making marketing plans and analytical reports, he can often be spotted reading a book, or sometimes, even trying to write one. Oh, by the way, he makes amazing desi Chinese! You can contact him on TwitterFacebook & Instagram. 

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Write Tribe Problogger – Terminal – Day 3

At times, we all want to live in a favorite film. But, from the man who lives in an airport Terminal to the fan who removed bits of his nose, the reality is sometimes painful. Stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a passport from nowhere, Viktor (Tom Hanks) is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal’s international transit lounge until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, he finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity, and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant named Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). But Viktor has long worn out his welcome with airport official Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who considers him a bureaucratic glitch, a problem he cannot control but wants desperately to erase.  The Terminal is an utterly charming story about Navorski’s innocent and rather mysterious fish-out-of-water character. The film has plenty of laughs and several tear-jerking moments. Spielberg seems to have a handle on when and how to tug at the audience’s heartstrings. The Terminal is a comedy, a drama, and a romance all in one without ever really becoming one for too long. The film has a classic feel to it and Spielberg indeed pulls it off. Sadly, with just a little snipping here and there on the language, The Terminal could have been a perfect live action summer family film. While the story may eek some for not being purely believable, the sweet, candycoated nature of the tale is infectious and well worth a viewing if properly received. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed The Terminal. Hanks was fabulous, turning in one of his best performances in years. Spielberg has a future in quality family films with a classic feel should he choose to explore the genre more.

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge

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